My last post was about the tradition of 'scary ghost stories' referenced in the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams. His version of that tune is probably the most well-known version and it's appearance on radio playlists is a sure marker that another Christmas season has come around.
This year, with Williams' recent passing, his songs evoke a bit more nostalgia and affection, even from those of us who were not big fans. I used to watch his Christmas specials on TV, but it wasn't to see Andy. I am sure I was looking for familiar songs, some laughs, and special guest stars that I had regard for.
As my musical tastes have changed over the years, I am hearing Williams more often, but I can't say that I like his tunes much better. He always struck me as a 'B-teamer' behind the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and others. Obviously he was talented and had a fine career and I am by no means being critical - I just like others better. Your opinion may differ.
However, Williams was on the Varsity when it came to Christmas specials. I could not find an exact number of specials he did, but the best I can tell, they ran from the 60's to the 90's. He also had a long-running variety show on NBC.
I will say there is one song of his that I really like and, happily, it is a Christmas song. This song swings a bit and actually reveals a range that I think Williams should have explored more. Quickly let me add that I am by no means well-versed on Williams' discography and for all I know, maybe he did do some more jazzy numbers. I just haven't heard them.
Be that as it may, here's Andy - and brothers Bob and Dick and Don - singing "It's The Holiday Season/Happy Holiday" -
P.S. The sweaters are awesome!